Victorian-bred and trained Pleasuring made it back-to-back interstate stakes wins when the Contract Racing homebred filly was victorious in the Listed Tasmanian Oaks over 2100 metres at Launceston on Sunday.
The Darren Weir-trained daughter of Hard Spun had been too strong for her opposition in the Listed Strutt Stakes over 2100 metres at Hobart two weeks earlier and continued to show her class edge over her opposition when she comfortably triumphed in the Oaks.
An elated Jenny Moodie, breeder, and owner, was impressed with how easily their filly won and praised the training talents of Weir.
“It was a race we haven’t won before and it was a very nice win indeed,” Moodie said.
“Darren has done an amazing job with her to keep her going, as she has now had eight starts this preparation. It’s a good effort for a slightly built filly, especially having to travel backwards and forwards on the boat on two occasions.
“She will go back to the stable and Darren will assess where she goes to next. We would love to look at the Australasian Oaks during the Adelaide Carnival, but we will wait and see how the filly pulls up.
“The whole family gets better with age, and she is racing better than her other siblings thus far, so we are very happy. She is not a big filly, but she has a motor and a real will to win,” Moodie said
Travelling foreman Jarrod McLean again praised Weir’s training talents and the ride by jockey Damian Lane.
“Weiry always gets it right, and he’s timed this to perfection…she was gifted a brilliant ride by Damian Lane,” McLean said.
“It’s a great result for the stable and as David and Jenny Moodie are loyal supporters, it’s also a great result for Contract Racing.”
Pleasuring hails from a strong winning family, being the best of seven winners from the End Sweep mare, Sleeplessinseattle, who is half-sister to South African Group 2 winner Seattle Ice and South African stakes-winner Profit Report.
Her dam Seattle Rhyme produced 10 foals to race, eight of them winners and third dam Elizabeth Drake got 12 to the track for 10 winners, including the Australian Group 1 performer Northern Drake.
Although having sold the mare last year at the Inglis August Thoroughbred sale for only $800 (to Seco Syndications), the Moodies have retained her Canford Cliffs two-year-old colt.
“Someone has picked up a nice bargain, and I wish them the best of luck,” Moodie said.
The Moodies, in conjunction with business partner Ashley Hardwick, have an impressive group of yearling colts up for sale at next week’s Inglis Premier Yearling Sale.
“We have a lovely Written Tycoon colt going through the sale with part-owners Musk Creek Farm. He is the first foal from Beach Front, a fast Strategic sprinting mare,” Moodie said.
“We also have six yearling colts in the draft of Maluka Thoroughbreds. They include the incredibly strong and compact Brazen Beau colt out of Crystal Ruby who is a half-sister to Crystal Lily.
“It’s going to be a big week of buying and selling. I’m looking forward to seeing our colts sell well with Maluka Thoroughbreds and go on to have successful racing careers for their new owners.”